Research Professional II

Tucson, AZ
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Disability Psychoeduc Studies

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The College of Education's Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is seeking a full-time Research Specialist to serve as the primary interventionist and recruitment specialist for a federally-funded study in youth with type 1 diabetes. A primary role for this position will involve delivering family support and sleep interventions over a 3-month period, conducting complex assessments in the context of a research study to evaluate project outcomes, and collaborating on dissemination efforts including publications and conference presentations. It is expected that this individual will carry a caseload of approximately 12 participants, with a target of having an average 3-4 new participants per month. This person will also lead recruitment efforts, be the primary person to consent participants, and may have supervisory responsibilities. As part of this position, the individual will perform a variety of duties involved in the collection, compilation, documentation, and interpretation of behavioral intervention and research data. The individual will also be expected to have several off-site appointments each week to conduct polysomnography (PSG) or complete evaluation visits at minor participants’ homes during non-school hours or close to their bedtimes. Although the intervention and lab-based data collection typically occur during business hours or late afternoons, the individual must regularly be available multiple evenings/later hours per week and some weekends to accommodate participants’ schedules and collaborate on scholarly activities. This position will require travel to participants’ homes to complete sleep studies or study visits.

The successful candidate should be self-motivated and enjoys a fast-paced environment, recognizes the differences between clinical and research activities, executes extreme attention to detail, has the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, possesses comfort with behavioral health matters and complex family environments, and has a desire to disseminate information about the study to communities of interest. A background or interest in sleep, family systems, mental health, and/or disease self-management is particularly useful.

Outstanding UA benefits include health,dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs;paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for theemployee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Inaddition to being the study’s primary interventionist, recruitment specialist, andconducting home-based consent visits/evaluations/sleep studies, otherresponsibilities also include:

  • Maintain subject level documentation, including logging of intervention visits and progress in the electronic research record
  • Assist in the development, design, and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Contribute and adhere to cleaning and safety protocols, including added provisions established due to COVID-19
  • Participate in the ongoing evaluation of behavioral research in intervention delivery and adherence, including completing intervention integrity observations and reviewing data
  • Participate in supervision and training sessions
  • Prepare document and equipment for research visits
  • Perform weekly intervention phone check ins with continuing participants, per the study protocol
  • Conduct risk assessments in-person or by phone when required, following strict protocols, and promptly contacting or sharing risk assessment reports to clinical supervisor and clinical care providers
  • Process biological samples (e.g., fingersticks, saliva) according to protocol
  • Employ strategies to maintain recruitment and retention rates, and evaluate processes to identify issues related to recruitment and retention rates
  • Enter, extract, and process data accurately
  • Score tests and measures according to protocol
  • Routinely assist the PI and study investigators with and contribute to manuscripts (including possible authorship), conference presentations, and grant or funding proposals as related to the project, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrate self-motivation
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of the differences between clinical and research activities,
  • Demonstrate extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team,
  • Demonstrate comfort with behavioral health matters and complex family environments
  • Desire to disseminate information about the study to communities of interest
  • Demonstrate interest in sleep, family systems, mental health, and/or disease self-management
  • Demonstrate interest in professional growth and contributing to publication and presentations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required
  • Flexible schedule with predictable availability, including covering for appointments with short notice
  • Have a valid driver's license and the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation for study visits, including travel to participants’ homes within and outside of the greater Tucson area (e.g., Nogales, Hereford, Sierra Vista, Douglas)
  • Must be willing to participate in occasional study visits to conduct sleep studies outside of the Tucson area that may require an overnight hotel stay
  • Must not have a background that precludes work with children and adolescents

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, in written and verbal formats
  • Recent doctoral degree in a health service psychology degree, master’s degree, or graduation from a social-behavioral science or applied psychology degree
  • Experience working with high-risk populations or health populations
  • Experience working in diverse communities and demonstrating multi-cultural competence
  • Experience training, managing, and/or supervising clinical teams
  • Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, particularly on research projects
  • Experience with data collection, analysis portals, and software (e.g., REDCAP and SPSS)
  • Experience with polysomnography or accelerometers (although training will be provided)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies:


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Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. David Yaden

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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